My Career Your Career event
The School held it’s inaugural career and employability event My Career. Your Career in the school’s Media Innovation Studio.
Alumni from across the media offered a unique blend of industry experiences and advice. Students also got the chance to ask for advice in one-to-one sessions with those pitching ideas getting the chance to win a day shadowing one of our industry guests for a day.
ITV’s news Richard Frediani also had a great day with us and is taking three students on placement. Tweeting later he said it was “a really good event and underlines the creative thinking at UCLan
Former student Tessa Chapman, Channel 5 Chief Correspondent talked about how her career had developed and showed footage of the recent stories she had covered. She will take first year journalism student Ana Bates on a day’s shadowing.
Sports journalists and international journalists also had a fantastic time pitching ideas and getting careers advice. Three sports journalists impressed Sarah Collins from BBC Radio Manchester and they will be joining her for some shadowing. Sarah produces 5Live ‘s 606 phone in.
Journalism student Faye Grima so impressed BBC TV Editor Michelle Chapman with her story idea, that Michelle wants to commission the story and Faye gets a placement at the BBC.
The advice for those looking for a start in the media industry came thick and fast throughout the day. Recent graduate Dan Bentley, now based in New York working for news startup Circa, advised students to use all their time to build up contacts with industry. “You’ve got loads of time at Uni to find interesting projects to work on. It really impresses employers” he said.
Sky’s Neil Dunwoodie agreed, saying that when he looks at CV’s he’s want’s evidence of a commitment to doing journalism and a life beyond uni. “Keep your CV brief but make sure that work experience and a commitment to journalism shine through”
Channel 4 producer Kris Jepson told students that you should always come with ideas. Scriptwriter Elliot Hope told students that testing your ideas out with everyone you can was vital. “Ask them is the idea exciting, he said. Channel 5′s Tessa Chapman reminded students that they were in a great area for stories. ”The north west is a great patch so don’t let anybody tell you different.”
All of the panel agreed that getting a foothold in the industry was hard but worthwhile. BBC sport’s Sarah Collins told the audience, you’ll love it but it’s ruthless.
Summing the advice up ITV’s Richard Frediani said “stand out from the crowd, be passionate and persist.”
Debbie Robinson who set up the event said “We are so lucky that we can call on such a wide range of talented alumni and we’re really grateful that they could give up their precious time to talk to the students”
The students really enjoyed the event. Sports journalism student James Edwards said:”I Met some really interesting people and given brilliant advice from the experts”. Joel Durkin said it was “Good to chat freely to people in the know”. Sports Journalism Tom Dunn said “the experience makes me think positive about the future”
BBC Radio 1 newsbeat’s Anthony Baxter thought it was an excellent event and was impressed by the students. “No doubt we’ll be colleagues with many of the students in the future”
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